The Bottom Line
- Less Expensive
- Fairly Quiet Operation
- Not As Fast As Core Duo Based Notebooks
- Limited Multimedia Features With Vista Basic
- Media Features Onlys Accessible From OS, Unlike E Series Dell's
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 80GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) LCD and ATI Radeon XPress 1150 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, ExpressCard/54, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 14" x 10.5" x 1.4" @ 6.2 lbs.
- Vista Home Basic, MS Works, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 1501 Budget Notebook
4/4/07 The Inspiron 1501 marks the first use of the AMD mobile processors in a Dell notebook computer. Rather than the traditional Core Duo processor, the 1501 is available with either the Sempron, Turion 64 or Turion 64 X2 processors. For this unit, it had the Turion 64 X2 TL-50 dual core processor. While this does improve the multitasking performance, the overall performance is still below the Core 2 Duo's from Intel.
The main choice for the AMD processors over Intel was to reduce the costs of the system. This does make the 1501 less expensive than the E1505 models, but there are some significant changes that will impact users. To reduce costs, Dell has removed features and software that one would expect to find in their Intel based notebooks.
The model number does not contain the entertainment designation like the E1505 because the 1501 lacks the Media Direct software. This means that playing back a DVD movie or a CD will require that the notebook be booted up into the operating system to have them function. This puts a greater draw on the power of the notebook than if it could play it directly. It also leads to the next problem.
Most notebooks come equipped with the Vista Home Premium operating system, but the 1501 instead ships with Vista Home Basic. This removes many of the multimedia features and some of the big draws such as the Aero graphical interface. Users can upgrade, but it increases the cost of the system.
The overall result is that the Inspiron 1501 may be less expensive, but for just a little more, users can get a lot more in terms of features from the Inspiron E1505 notebooks.